493 Tasting Notes
This is pretty much the same blend as Upton’s Mélange Nöel (minus a spice or two), but sadly it’s nowhere near as good. The tea in general is a little watery, and most of what I taste is orange, cinnamon, and rose. The almond isn’t noticeable, and neither is the tea! It tastes more like an herbal blend. If this were more intense I’d like it much better—maybe I should try extra tea in my next cup.
Backlog (last one!). On our last day we killed some time before dinner at that same café. Apparently in between the two times we went there, they got new tea, because this one wasn’t there before! This was interesting—I’ve never had a green Darjeeling before. The Chinese green is very vegetal but I do taste something that reminds me of the fruitiness of a black Darjeeling. It’s a little sweet and makes an interesting cup. Not bad!
Backlog. This was such a surprise! Up there with the Trescerro as one of the best teas of the trip. It’s vegetal, almost like a steamed green, and there’s a slight sweetness to the aftertaste. If I hadn’t read the name I would have guessed this was a sencha or a relative. This was not quite buttery, but it does have a fresh quality with no bitterness, rare for bagged unflavored greens. I must have had at least five cups of it over two days!
Backlog. Had this and my longtime favorite Calm with a big lunch after walking around all morning. Unfortunately the peppermint in this is overwhelming, and peppermint is not really my favorite. There’s a touch of spearmint but I’d prefer more, and the tarragon is just not there. The description is better than the brew, but it was still nice enough.
Backlog. On this trip I discovered that I like Tazo’s herbal and green blends a lot more than their blacks. I don’t know what the deal is with their base black teas but they’re just not for me. This one was much better than I was expecting, although I was still not blown away. It’s more fruity-tasting than floral, and the green base is sort of there but mostly hidden by the flavoring. It’s better as it cools.
Backlog. This is another brand I had never heard of, but it was surprisingly good. My only other EG option in the mornings was the hated Tazo (is it operator error? is it my taste buds? who knows), so I went with this three out of four days. It’s solidly fruity, and while the base tea is robust and brews quickly it never got bitter on me. Nice!
Backlog. This was my second cup at that café. This is a really mild chai, probably thanks to the rooibos. There’s a surprising amount of ginger in it—it’s actually the strongest spice I taste, followed by cinnamon and just a touch of clove. As always I wish for more cardamom, but what can you do? It almost tastes like a candied ginger flavored rooibos, but as a chai I’m not impressed.
Backlog. After a long day of shopping we stopped into a cute little café on the square for hot drinks (coffee for dad, tea for mom and me). I had never had this brand before, or even heard of it, but this was not bad. I tasted more tangerine than lemon in this, but it managed to retain a little of the sweet hay tone I like in white tea—impressive for bagged!
Backlog. I just got back from a trip to New Mexico. I love the desert, but it really does not love me back. By the last day I was dried out, feeling sick, and fighting a migraine. Now I am back home and feeling a ton better in the (relative) humidity of Indiana.
I can’t believe there’s hibiscus in this! That sneaky little flower. I honestly didn’t taste it this time. This is a pretty good approximation of spiced apple cider, and after a long day of travel and a colder-than-expected forecast it was more than welcome. Sweet like a candy apple but somehow not overwhelming, strongly cinnamon-y, and I actually managed to resteep it once. Not bad for a cheap bag.
Sipdown. After the pu-erh this morning I decided to have something I knew I would like, which ended up being a pot and a cup of this. It’s woodier than I remember, and not quite as sweet, but pretty good. Adagio’s oolongs are decent, and unlike a lot of their blacks and greens I would reorder several—including this one, most likely.